Five Precedents For Understanding Egypt’s July Coup
Socialist Action 2nd October 2013
The Egyptian army’s July coup was met with widespread confusion on the left. Within Egypt and internationally some socialists actually supported the coup, others were explicitly neutral in the struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood government and the army. The article by John Riddell that appears below considers these issues from the point of view of the experience of the international communist movement from 1917 to the 1930s, drawing out why these positions are dangerously wrong.
Five precedents for understanding Egypt’s July coup
4. 1926: A ‘socialist’ general’s coup in Poland